Konami posts modest revenue, double-digit profit growth

Publisher's holiday-quarter results indicate 3.4 percent sales growth to nearly $900M; income grows 22.7 percent to $108.9M.

As the holder of one of the most heavily anticipated franchises for the PlayStation 3, Konami is sure to feel a pleasant boost to its 2009 fiscal results when Metal Gear Solid 4 finally lands later this year. However, even without a new installment in the MGS franchise, the publisher continues to build on strong first half of the year results, posting marginal 3.4 percent net revenue gains of 95,987 million yen (about $899.8 million) for the holiday quarter ended December 31.

Although revenue was only slightly up, Konami saw a significantly more sizable boost in profit. Net income for the publisher's third quarter was 11,622 million yen (about $108.9 million), a 22.7 percent climb over the same period of time last year. For the first nine months of Konami's fiscal 2008, the publisher has netted income of 17,910 million yen (about $167.9 million) on 229,730 million yen revenue (about $2.1 billion), an 8.1 percent increase over the same period of time last year.

Digital entertainment led Konami's earnings for the first three quarters of its fiscal year, up 9 percent year over year to 141,140 million yen (about $1.3 billion). Sports games played the most significant role in Konami's third-quarter performance, with the publisher calling out World Soccer Winning Eleven 2008, Jikkyou Pawafuru Major League 2, and Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyu 14 as top sellers in Europe and Japan. Konami also said that the Dance Dance Revolution franchise continues to sell well in North America.

Laying out its projections for its full fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2008, Konami expects revenues to be up 5.3 percent year over year to 295,000 million yen (about $2.7 billion). Likewise, Konami expects to continue its double-digit gains in income, projecting profits to rise 12.9 percent to 18,300 million yen ($171.5 million) for the full fiscal year.

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MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@dragonpuppy Why is an xbox magazine less credible than any other magazine? All magazines just state what they know, and if a playstation magazine said , for instance, that mass effect was being ported to the ps3, itd still be a credible source in my opinion. Apparantly that means that HamsterOfFury's article isnt credible since it came from the ps3 section of that website. Oh and xbox magazine also knew that the "ps3 exclusive" devil may cry 4 was coming to 360 months before anyone else did. And I bet that sony fanboys were denying that too, and look what happened? The point is that this isnt rumor as you believe dragonpuppy. Its a fact. It happened for DMC4 and its going to happen again.

truenextgen
truenextgen

LOL and we see blogs asking why GS is falling. It because this stuff is all they care about. Their one sided and one minded. You know what their trying to ask is this article. You know what their trying to push. And the main answer now from Konami is NNNN OOOOO! Not now, and not latter! like your thinking. So who care sif you have to buy a opened eded machine with better next gen power. I mean when you really think about it? Is their something bad about that???

HamsterOfFury
HamsterOfFury

A seemingly unbiased article from January can be found here: http://gaming.monstersandcritics.com/ps3/news/article_1384409.php/ which states that Konami's spokesman says there are no plans for MGS4 on the 360. It's a bit more of an unbiased source than a console magazine AND the site gives the rather excellent quote: "The spinning waterwheel on the churning Metal Gear Solid 4 rumour mill has spun so hard during the New Year that it has now shaken its self loose and shot off down the river of fanboy denial… while gaming Web site XboxFamily watches on forlornly and wipes a healthy dose of egg from its face. " Which is a good piece of writing. Heh.

dragonpuppy
dragonpuppy

@MetalMan300 Yes...the rest of us are going to believe something coming from an XBOX magazine. Please get a more creditable source before you try to prove rumors.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@jrt1234 U may be surprised to learn that MGS4 is coming to 360. This is a quote from the September 2007 issue of official xbox magazine: "It looks like Sony's worst nightmare is coming to fruition, as the Mole has learned from a bankable source that Konami WILL be bringing Metal Gear Solid 4 to the xbox 360. A separate, non-Kojima led team will handle the port, which will ship a few months after the PS3 version."

Razzi65
Razzi65

imagine MGS4 on PS2... 100 Million copies on 1st week... lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

jrt1234
jrt1234

I think MGS4 will be a big hit. But if it doesn't sell on PS3 I doubt they'll make it for 360 and if they did it won't be for another year or so. In my opinion if its not a hit than port it to ps2. It'll make big bucks. SInce PS2s still a hit.(the graphics of course, dummed down though.)

riseofnations36
riseofnations36

No place to hideo !!! >_> Lol , mgs4 joke . Nice going Konami . Keep it up . MGS 4 FTW .

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

I wish they would release run n' gun 2 for xbox or xbla...that was the best bball game ever.

TheKungFool
TheKungFool

Great News! I dig on Konami, though funny enough, I'm not a very big fan of Metal Gear games. I'd personallly rather see a little more emphasis or attention on the likes of Suikoden and Silent Hill, but as long as they keep making great games, I'll keep supporting them.

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

Totally agree about a new Suikoden. After V I just want more!!! Oh and don't forget the MGS/Zone of the Enders/Silent Hill etc.....

3KindgomsRandy
3KindgomsRandy

Excellent news, Konami is one of my favorites! Now, they just need to use some of their nice new profits to make a new Suikoden game.

02sfraser
02sfraser

that is good news. lets just see how big the profit is after MGS4 comes out

thekodaman
thekodaman

That's good news considering that MGS4 must have soaked up an unimaginable sum of money, when MGS4 is released their profits will increase twofold.

el_rika
el_rika

MGS4 is sure to sell a minimum of 5 mil copies on PS3, so i wouldn't worry about "profit".

jay_rock_
jay_rock_

@diablobasher:He never said he was going to make it for the 360 you wrong on that LOL,but he did say it needed to sell a million to make a profit which it will. In japan alone it will sell that much all games now and days need to sell a million just to make there money back.Let me ask yall fanboys since yall call us fanboys so much for not having a 360 if the 360 have all these games why do yall want MGS4 so much.....

diablobasher
diablobasher

Well, Kojima already said it, even if all the fanboys forgot. If it doesn't sell to a profit on the PS3, then he will be knocking out a 360 version to make up the money.

sean_ph
sean_ph

when exactly is the release date for MGS4? i keep seeing these "MGS4 will come out later this yer" but I see no concrete release date yet. can anyone gimme a link? thanks

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

drangel_jam "More people should buy Ace Combat 6, it's a great game." Hey, dude, that game's from Namco.

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

That's good for Konami. Yeah, really. It's coz it's really helping them to stay calm while taking a dangerous risk to make, polish, & complete MGS 4 just for the low-selling PS3.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Konami started the music games at the arcades a decade ago with GuitarFreaks and DrumMania, how come they didn't capitalized on it for consoles when they saw the success of Guitar Hero at the time? It would have been a blast. Now, EA realized this idea and no casual American gamers know Konami started it at the arcades.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

metal gear is cool and so is Silent hill but i will buy metal gear 4 if they put it on 360 i certainley won't buy a ps 3 for it cause every other quality game is on 360 so msg 4 should join them.

alberto2045
alberto2045

Konami I havent seen anything smarter in my lifetime they are coming up with the MGS for PS2 which has all the games their profits are going to go triple digits, how amazing are these guys

_ButterS_
_ButterS_

This is before MGS4? Imagine profits after... Good job Konam!

Star650
Star650

that is impressive, can't wait for MGS4.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Vary nice, good for Konami

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

And they're gonna keep going up with the new metal gear collection pack and MGS4.

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

KONAMI i caould never be angry or mad at u since u gave me Silent hill, Castlevania and Metal gear so what can i say let`s enjoy ur masterpieces for more years can`t wait to get my hands ON SILENT HILL 5 and some more Castlevaniaaaaaaaaaa PLZ anyway excellent woooooooooork keep up!!!

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

More people should buy Ace Combat 6, it's a great game.

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

Excellent news for konami, and with MGS 4 coming out later this year their revenues will get even better.

leadlefthand
leadlefthand

That's good. Bring on MGS4 and the revenues will look WAY better.

cancun125
cancun125

only going to profit even more with sales of MGS4 later this year.

swyg
swyg

excellent for konami